Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘Hail, Caesar!’ (2016)

Hollywood in the 1950s was a mosaic of studios, each with its own stable of stars that churned out movies with machine-like efficiency. Written and directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Hail, Caesar!, an exuberant satire of that cinematic era, has installed an unlikely human hub at the center of it all. Eddie Mannix […]

Astrology: Film: Review: ‘Lucy’ (2014)

Luc Besson’s new sci-fi thriller Lucy could easily have been titled Mercury in Hyperdrive, a breathless tale about the archetype that rules thought and communication gone cinematically ballistic. Bigger, faster and stronger describe the new-and-improved mental delivery system involuntarily foisted on a young woman, Lucy (Scarlett Johansson). Lucy is studying in Taiwan and, through the […]

Astrology: Film: Review: ‘Under the Skin’ (2014)

Before extraterrestrials became pop culture’s ultimate “other” – entities whose plasma, motivations and origins were defined by their mystery – a predecessor “alien” hogged the limelight. The more primitive version of the terrifyingly enigmatic was the female. And, in Under the Skin, these two mythic and incomprehensible figures – one from earth, the other from […]

Astrology: Fashion: The High-Waisted Trousers in ‘Her’

Nothing says from-another-generation faster than trousers that climb to the height of one’s armpits. Although they don’t quite reach the torso, the trousers worn by Joaquin Phoenix’s character Theodore Twombly in Her do reveal a lot about him. Like those overly-protective Saturnine pans of his, Theodore is rather self-contained, covering up his feelings even when […]

Astrology: Film: Review: ‘Her’ (2013)

As mobile technological devices and their owners increasingly spend every waking minute together, they both eventually seem to exude a certain mated-for-life aura. So, exactly how far-fetched is the likelihood of genuinely falling in love with one’s companion-gadget? In the not so distant future of Spike Jonze’s Her, set in Los Angeles, the possibility is […]

Film: ‘Hitchcock’ (2012)

In “Hitchcock,” which recounts the legendary director’s fascination with the subject matter that would become his movie “Psycho,” the adage “Behind every great man there’s a great woman” comes at you like that knife in the iconic shower scene. Alfred Hitchcock, portrayed by Anthony Hopkins in Sacha Gervasi’s film, turned “great” into a multi-hyphenate vocation. […]